Chrisney Branch History


  • LHPL Chrisney Branch is the first certified net-zero public library in the state of Indiana and uses solar and geothermal technology.


  • Lt. Governor Becky Skillman awarded the library with the Partner In Progress Award, which is the highest award given by the Lieutenant Governor. LHPL Chrisney Branch was recognized for being a leader in renewable energy and making a lasting impact on the state of Indiana.


  • With a population of 540 people (in the year 2006), the citizens of Chrisney donated over $80,000 for funding to build the library.


  • It was designed by lead architect Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability for Indiana, who is a Spencer County native.  The library’s solar power pavilion was built by Morton Solar & Wind, LLC, a local renewable energy solution provider.


  • The company’s owner is Brad Morton, a 1992 University of Southern Indiana graduate.


  • LHPL Chrisney Branch was staffed primarily by volunteers; many of them retired school teachers.  Since 2011, the library is staffed by Chrisney native, Litha Synder. ​